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Energy & Sustainability Minor

The Energy and Sustainability minor is designed to provide an interdisciplinary approach to broad issues in energy and sustainability. The minor will educate students on the basics of energy sources, fossil fuels, and the future of energy. In addition to a common introductory and capstone course, the minor offers a blend of courses in technology, business, engineering, architecture, social science, and natural science.

Coursework will focus on topics such as existing, transitional, and alternative energy sources, as well as energy and sustainability from the perspectives of economics and business, engineering and technology, architecture and design, and public policy and education.

The minor is housed in the Honors College, but students do not have to be in Honors to join. It is an interdisciplinary collaboration with colleges and departments across campus, and students of all majors are encouraged to apply. Students may take the introductory course without declaring the minor.

Energy and Sustainability Minor (Interdisciplinary - Open to All Majors on Campus).

For more information about the minor, please contact: Dr. Rita Sirrieh

Requirements to Declare

Applicant must have at least a 2.5 cumulative GPA in 15 or more hours at UH, and must have at least sophomore standing (30+ hours) to declare the minor.

To declare the minor, click: Apply for the E & S Minor

Requirements to Graduate with the Minor

A 2.0 or higher cumulative GPA in all courses attempted for the minor is required for graduation. All required courses and electives for the minor are included in this calculation.

Minor Curriculum - For those students who declare the minor beginning in fall 2018

A minor in Energy and Sustainability requires 18 hours of approved coursework. Students who declare the minor beginning in Fall 2018 will have to complete the following curriculum, consisting of two required courses and four electives, two from each of two categories. Additionally, students may not choose more than 2 courses (6 hours) from any one department. In courses used to fulfill minor requirements, a 3.0 minimum cumulative GPA is required for graduation. No more than 6 hours of a student’s major may be applied to the minor.

I. ENRG 3310: Introduction to Energy and Sustainability (3 hours)

II. ENRG 4320: Capstone Seminar on Globalization (3 hours)

III. Category Requirement: ENERGY PRODUCTION AND MANAGEMENT (6 hours)

ARAB 3397: Oil, Culture, and the Middle East
ECON 3385: Economics of Energy
ENRG 4397: Corporate Social Responsibility
ENRG 4397: Overview of Energy Industry
FINA 4370: Energy Trading
FINA 4372: Upstream Economics
FINA 4373: Petrochemical and Refining Economics
HIST 3394: Africa and the Oil Industry
HIST 3394: Energy in Modern America
HIST 3395: Ideology and Empire: Russia
INDE 3333: Engineering Economy
POLS 4341: Risk Assessment and Analysis (Energy Focus)
POLS 4349: International Energy Policy
SCM 4302: Energy Supply Chain Management
TECH 1325: Energy for Society

IV. Category Requirement: SUSTAINABILITY AND THE FUTURE (6 hours)

ARCH 3368: Sustainable Development
ARCH 3397: Sustainability Workshop
ARCH 4373: Urban Environments
BIOL 4368: Ecology
CIVE 3331: Environmental Engineering
CIVE 4333: Waste and Water Treatment
CIVE 4337: Transportation Engineering
ECON 3363: Environmental Economics
ENRG 4397: US Energy Futures: Pathways to Sustainability
GEOL 1302: Introduction to Global Climate Change
HIST 3378: The Modern Middle East
INTB 3354H: Introduction to Global Business
INTB 4397H: Capstone Seminar on Globalization
MIS 4390: Energy Trading Systems
TECH 4310: Future of Energy and Environment

Minor Curriculum -- for students who declare the minor before fall 2018

The Energy and Sustainability minor consists of 18 hours, 9 hours of which must be advanced hours in residence. Required courses include: ENRG 3310

Introduction to Energy and Sustainability and a capstone class: HON 4360 (cross-listed as INTB 4397) or the completion of an approved research or writing project. The additional 12 hours are selected from the list of Approved Electives , with no more than 6 hours from any one area (with no more than 12 hours of ENRG courses total for the minor).

More Information

For more information about these and other classes see the Undergraduate Catalog or Honors Coursebook . The Honors Coursebook contains a list updated each semester of Approved Electives that will be offered in the coming semester.


An updated list of approved electives for the Energy & Sustainability minor can be found on the Honors College E&S courses page. You may petition for other courses to count as electives. A note explaining why the course should count with a course outline should accompany the petition.

Energy Sustainability Minor Faculty Advisory Board

Suryanaanan Radhakrisknan, Business,

Ognjen Miljanic, Chemistry,

Ani Bose, Technology,

Ryan Kennedy, Political Science,

Leonard Bachman, Architecture,

William Epling, Chemical Engineering,

Terry Hallmark, Honors/Political Science,

Tom Holley, Petroleum Engineering,

Rita Sirrieh, Honors,

Kairn Klieman, History,

Sarah Kelly, Office of Sustainability,

Andrew Hamilton, NSM,

David Rainbow, Honors,

Ed Hirs, Economics,

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